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Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnams hunkering down thesis reconsidered

Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Read, Sanna and Allum, Nick (2011) Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnams hunkering down thesis reconsidered. British Journal of Political Science, 41 (1). pp. 57-82. ISSN 0007-1234

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0007123410000281

Abstract

We use a multi-level modelling approach to estimate the effect of ethnic diversity on measures of generalized and strategic trust using data from a new survey in Britain with a sample size approaching 25,000 individuals. In addition to the ethnic diversity of neighbourhoods, we incorporate a range of indicators of the socio-economic characteristics of individuals and the areas in which they live. Our results show no effect of ethnic diversity on generalized trust. There is a statistically significant association between diversity and a measure of strategic trust, but in substantive terms, the effect is trivial and dwarfed by the effects of economic deprivation and the social connectedness of individuals.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-jo...
Additional Information: © 2010 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 11:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 07:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101985

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